Speaking to Sky Sports, Celtic hero Murdo MacLeod has admitted that Rangers look capable of matching the Bhoys, having seen Mark Warburton build a young and exciting side at Ibrox.
MacLeod said: “I think Rangers have been building over the last two or three seasons and now they have a settled side, a young side. They move the ball quickly but I think they'll not be too far away from Celtic this time. I think a lot of Rangers fans think they can go and match anything that Celtic can offer right now.”
The Cup semi-final tie will be played in April, with the Gers facing their fierce rivals for the first-time since February 2015.
Celtic won that game with ease, but it was against a poor Rangers team, and Warburton’s side are far improved upon that starting XI.
The Rangers squad is filled with young and exciting attacking players, who are technically proficient and can match Premiership teams when playing to the top of their abilities.
They proved that over the weekend, having beaten top flight side Dundee by a 4-0 scoreline - comprehensively outplaying them over the 90 minutes.
This win came just three days after Celtic had failed to score past the same opposition, and it has increased belief that the Gers can match up against the Bhoys when they take on.
This Old Firm clash is likely to be the first in a long run of derby fixtures, with it looking as if Rangers will be back in the top flight next season - restoring Celtic v Rangers matches to the league schedule.